The Belle Plaine High School baseball team topped St. Peter last Tuesday (April 11). The Tigers made the needed defensive plays and got a clutch home run to wrap up the victory.
The Belle Plaine High School baseball team topped St. Peter last Tuesday (April 11). The Tigers made the needed defensive plays and got a clutch home run to wrap up the victory.
The Belle Plaine High School baseball team defeated St. Peter 3-1 in dramatic fashion last Tuesday and began this week with a big win over Mayer Lutheran Monday. Both games were at Tiger Park.
The Tigers, 1-0 in the Minnesota River Conference, 5-0 overall, will be at Tri-City United for a 5 p.m. start this Thursday before returning to Tiger Park to take on Jordan, 5 p.m. Friday. They will head to Arlington for a game against Sibley East, 5 p.m., next Monday. Cannon Falls will visit Belle Plaine for a non-conference game 7 p.m. next Tuesday.
Tigers 3, St. Peter 1
Brody Curtiss smacked a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Tigers rallied to defeat St. Peter 3-1 last Tuesday at Tiger Park.
St. Peter scored the game’s first run in the fourth inning before Belle Plaine scored to tie the game in the fifth inning. Things were quiet over the next few innings leading to Curtiss’ blast.
Curtiss also pitched the first four innings, allowing one run, one hit and a walk while striking out five. Jared Miller picked up the win with four innings of scoreless relief, giving up three hits and three walks. He struck out three.
Carsen Ladd kept his hot streak at the plate alive with two hits and a run scored. Curtiss, Tyler O’Brien and Jon Schmidt had the Tigers only other hits.
“Our bats never really got going, although we did hit a few balls hard later in the game,” said Belle Plaine coach Pat Schultz. “Our pitching and defense carried us again as Curtiss and Miller combined for eight innings of one-run ball. Our defense made a lot of big plays, including Jack Stauffacher (catcher) throwing out two guys trying to steal in the top of the eighth. We were down, 1-0, in the fifth inning when (Andrew)  Hunsader drew a walk and then scored from first on an O’Brien double. Ladd reached in the eighth inning before Curtiss hit the home run to win it.  
“We did some nice things on the mound and defensively, but we need to figure out how to have a little better approach at the plate and on the bases,” Schultz continued. “We made three outs on the bases, which is something we can’t do, especially when we are not swinging the bats as well as we hope. Fortunately we did enough good things and had some players step up to help get us the win against a solid St. Peter team.”  
Tigers 10, Mayer Luth. 0
Belle Plaine blew open a 3-0 game with five tallies in the fifth inning on the way to a big win Monday. The Tigers added two more runs in the sixth inning and the game ended early via the mercy rule.
Miller led BPHS’s attack with a double. He had two hits and two RBI. Curtiss, Jon Schmidt, Hunsader, Tyler O’Brien, Alec Ruud and Nathan Herman all had hits for BPHS.
Herman got the win on the mound. He surrendered only five hits in the win. Jake Mercado pitched the final inning, recording a strikeout.
“We had lots of base runners early in the game but some base running mistakes and lack of a big hit kept us from scoring more runs than we did. Everyone reached base at least once but we need to continue to improve on taking advantage of base runners and scoring when guys are in base and in scoring position,” Schultz said. “Herman did a nice job of keeping Mayer off the board. He was not as sharp as he would have liked early, but he settled in and go the big outs when he needed. Our defense was strong again tonight and made a lot of nice plays behind Herman.”